Health Care Financing Administration, HHS.
In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information collections referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency review because the collection of this information is needed before the expiration of the normal time limits under OMB's regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. This is necessary to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C., (119 S.Ct. 2176 (1999) required States to provide community-based services for persons with disabilities who would otherwise receive services in an institutional setting under certain circumstances. We cannot reasonably comply with the normal clearance procedures because of the potential for public harm: the funds set aside for the grants would revert to the general fund and States, together with their disability and aging communities that have already undertaken extensive planning efforts for these grant opportunities, would be significantly harmed.
HCFA is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by May 22, 2001, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and recommendations will be accepted from the public if received by the individuals designated below by May 21, 2001. During this 180-day period, we will publish a separate Federal Register notice announcing the initiation of an extensive 60-day agency review and public comment period on these requirements. We will submit the requirements for OMB review and an extension of this emergency approval.
Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Real Choice Systems Change Grants; Nursing Facility Transition/Access Housing Grants; Community Personal Assistance Service and Supports Grants, National Technical Assistance and Learning Collaborative Grants to Support Systems Change for Community Living; Form No.: HCFA-10037 (OMB# 0938-XXXX); Use: Information sought by CMSO/DEHPG is needed to award competitive grants to States and other eligible entities for the purposes of designing and implementing effective and enduring improvements in consumer-directed long term service and support systems; Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: State, local or tribal gov.; Number of Respondents: 76; Total Annual Responses: 76; Total Annual Hours: 7600.
We have submitted a copy of this notice to OMB for its review of these information collections. A notice will be published in the Federal Register when approval is obtained.
To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access HCFA's Web Site address at http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/prdact95.htm, or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and HCFA document identifier, to Paperwork@hcfa.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326.
Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden or any other aspect of these collections of information requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed to the designees referenced below, by May 21, 2001:
Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of HCFA Enterprise Standards, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. Fax Number: (410) 786-0262, Attn: Julie Brown HCFA-10037
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974 or (202) 395-5167, Attn: Brenda Aguilar, HCFA Desk Officer.Start Signature
Dated: May 7, 2001.
Acting HCFA Reports Clearance Officer, HCFA, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of HCFA Enterprise Standards.
[FR Doc. 01-11906 Filed 5-8-01; 1:31 pm]
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